Valerie Gommon Midwife’s Blog

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Today I have been in-store at Boots the chemist, Central Milton Keynes to promote National Breastfeeding Awareness Week  I guess I should have sent out a reminder and apologies that I didn’t – this week has just been crazy!

It is always a pleasure to meet pregnant women and their partners, and also those with small babies (including a lovely couple and their baby who I “midwifed” three months ago!).

I am always happy to speak to anyone with any pregnancy or breastfeeding issues – do feel free to call for an informal chat, or consider booking a consultation for lengthier support. / 01908 511247

Sincere apologies if any of you came to John Lewis yesterday to meet me for National Breastfeeding Awareness Week.

I am having a busy time!  Attended the birth of a beautiful baby boy yesterday and needed to sleep yesterday.

If you would like to contact me, feel free to email I am always happy to talk informally about any aspect of pregnancy, birth and early parenting.

I am excited to announce that I am planning to revitalise the Milton Keynes Birth Information Group,  and have the first meeting planned for Friday 5th June, from 12 – 2 pm, please contact me by email or telephone 01908 511247 for details.

Just in time for National Breastfeeding Awareness Week (next week) the Department of Health has announced that baby growth charts – against which all babies physical growth is measured and compared – are to be redrawn.

The figures used until now have been based mainly on formula-fed babies. This has meant that some breastfeeding mothers have been incorrectly advised that their babies are gaining insufficient weight.  The new tables, drawn up by the World Health Organisation (WHO), are based entirely on the rate of growth of breastfed babies, which tend to put on weight more slowly than those given formula milk in their first year.

It is generally accepted that babies fed on formula put on weight more quickly than those on breastmilk, which can make breastfed babies look like they are not thriving.  Consequently, there might have been pressure to wean early on to solid foods or formula milk.  In fact it is a WHO recommendation that babies receive only breastmilk for the first six months of their life,, it is then recommended that breastmilk be supplemented with solid food, but that breastfeeding continue for at least 12 months.

Breastfed babies are leaner during the time when a lifetime supply of fat cells are laid down, which helps explain why breastfed babies may tend to be leaner throughout their lifetimes, thus helping to prevent obesity.  This said, many breastfed babies appear quite “chubby” – this is normal and healthy.

Fewer than one in two mothers still breastfeed at six weeks and this falls to 25% at six months. Fewer than 1% of mothers follow official advice to breastfeed exclusively for the first six months of an infant’s life.